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EV2011 - The Case for Sustainability

[Offered in even-numbered years in JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will consider some of the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world today. Using a range of case studies from Australia and around the world, students will come to understand the complex and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability problems. The case studies will demonstrate the inter-dependency of ecosystem functions and services (e.g. climate, soils, biodiversity) and humanity's interactions (and impacts) with these. Case studies, involving different approaches supporting sustainability, will be drawn from a variety of contexts, including: policy development; technology; manufacturing; energy; community; resource management; conservation; sustainable consumption; biodiversity management; urban development and living. The practical/tutorial sessions will provide students with additional insights to these and introduce some of the techniques utilised by sustainability practitioners involved in sustainable development initiatives e.g. working with complex systems; sustainability indicator development and data identification, management and interpretation; multi-criteria analysis/decision-making; education and training for sustainability; 'triple-bottom-line' (ecological, social, economic) accounting and reporting.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically appraise the role and relevance of sustainability and sustainable development in local, regional and global society;
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of problem-oriented sustainability approaches, including stakeholder analysis, values clarification, interdisciplinary collaboration, and systems and futures thinking;
  • retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources;
  • plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based desktop and fieldwork sustainability investigations, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to one or more disciplines;
  • organise, analyse and interpret sustainability data using mathematical, statistical, technological and/or interpretivist skills;
  • convey ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills and a variety of media.
Prerequisites: 12 CREDITS AT LEVEL 1 INCLUDING EV1011 OR EV1005

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturers: Dr Colin MacGregor, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: quizzes or tests (10%); presentations (10%); assignments (30%); end of semester report (25%); practicals, tutorials & field exercises (10%); mcdm report (15%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturers: Dr Colin MacGregor, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: quizzes or tests (10%); presentations (10%); assignments (30%); end of semester report (25%); practicals, tutorials & field exercises (10%); mcdm report (15%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 11-Apr-2019
Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
Lecturer: Ms Huiching Koo.
Contact hours:
  • 58 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and fieldwork
    Assessment: creative work (10%); assignments (15%); end of semester report (25%); field trip report (20%); practicals, tutorials & field exercises (30%).

    JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
    Census Date 05-Dec-2019
    Coordinator: Dr Colin MacGregor
    Contact hours:
    • 58 hours - Combined Lectures; Practicals; and fieldwork
      Assessment: creative work (10%); assignments (15%); end of semester report (25%); field trip report (20%); practicals, tutorials & field exercises (30%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.